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Sustainable sewage sludge management fostering phosphorus recovery and energy efficiency

Objective

Phosphorus is one essential element of life, which can neither be produced synthetically nor substituted by any other substance. Its importance as plant nutrient is emphasized by the huge amount of 975 000 tons of phosphorus annually imported into Europe to sustain good harvests. While phosphorus is a limited fossil element, its extensive recovery from “secondary deposits” is of paramount importance and follows the principles of the European Roadmap for Resource Recovery. Municipal wastewater represents a relevant phosphorus reserve and has the potential to cover about 20% of the demand. Technology concepts have been developed in recent European projects to tap into this local resource. While the traditional application of sewage sludge in agriculture is increasingly refused by stakeholders, this path has to be further secured to protect the environment and human health. In addition, technological alternatives to recycle phosphorus are available and need yet to be deployed on to the market. The P-REX project builds on the outputs of previous European research projects and will perform the first holistic full-scale evaluation of technical phosphorus recovery techniques using municipal sludge or ashes in comparison with phosphorus recycling by land application of sewage sludge. The technical, operational and economic data as well as a comprehensive ecotoxicological and plant-availability assessments will provide the basis of comprehensive life cycle and life cost assessments of phosphorus recovery processes. Complementing a market analysis, a guidance document for policy makers and end users will show the best phosphorus recovery options depending on regional conditions and illustrated by selected case studies. The results of the project will be extensively disseminated in international workshops and regional events in order to facilitate local implementations. P-REX will provide an essential milestone for our future development into a recycling society.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes/recycling
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

KWB KOMPENTENTZZENTRUM WASSER BERLIN GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Address
Cicerostrasse 24
10709 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 502 045
Administrative Contact
Christian Kabbe (Dr.)

Participants (14)

FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 561 250
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anders Nättorp (Dr.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 159 280
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eva-Maria Müller
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG AGRAR- UND STADTOKOLOGISCHER PROJEKTE (ASP) EV INSTITUT FUR AGRAR-UND STADTOKOLOGISCHE PROJEKTE AN DER HUMBOLDT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 358 015
Address
Philippstrasse 13
10115 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Muskolus (Dr.)
VEOLIA EAU - COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES EAUX SOCIETE EN COMMANDITE PAR ACTIONS
France
EU contribution
€ 192 000
Address
Rue D Anjou 52
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hervé Paillard (Dr.)
OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 14 076
Address
Rauhalanpuisto 9
02230 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ludwig Hermann (Mr.)
AGRO PLUS HANDELSUNTERNEHMEN EU
Austria
EU contribution
€ 49 635
Address
Parkstrasse 15
7131 Halbturn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ursula Ludwig (Mrs.)
BSH UMWELTSERVICE AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 388 600
Address
Allmendstrasse 6
6210 Sursee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juerg Buehler (Mr.)
INGENIEURBURO FUR GIESSEREITECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 72 400
Address
Paul Langheinrich Strasse 14A
04178 Leipzig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joachim Mallon (Mr.)
LIMCO INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 176 778
Address
Blarerstrasse 56
78462 Konstanz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Almut Gerhardt (Dr.)
PROMAN MANAGEMENT GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 87 231
Address
Weingartenstrasse 92
2214 Auersthal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Waltraud Hermann (Mrs.)
ASIO TECH SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 112 850
Address
Ksirova 552/45
619 00 Brno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michaela Pokorná (Ms.)
SOLINTEL M&P SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 107 200
Address
Avenida De Jerez 33
28514 Nuevo Baztan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Cuinas (Mr.)
P.C.S. POLLUTION CONTROL SERVICE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 52 000
Address
Merkurring 46
22143 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Ewert (Mr.)
PFI PLANUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT GBR - REINER BOLL RICHARD ROHLFING JOHANNES MULLER SCHAPER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 55 200
Address
Karl-imhoff-weg 4
30165 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johannes Mueller-Schaper (Prof.)